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of hill rei are and tbil. here on page 153. bill clinton displayed his inability to come clean about personal issues that were core of his identity. sometimes he outright lied often he shaded the truth. often he seemed to construct events that work to his own benefit. i happened to at yale as a undergraduate when they were in law school. one wonders about the attraction and one reads the second bit can is about ken star interviewing hillary clinton. i can tell you a story about ken who i had dinner with at precisely this time. i won't. it would go on too long. he determined he did not have evidence to indict hillary clinton. the examples of ingenious cases. something perhaps illegal had taken place in arkansas with the first lady much more with her husband at the heart of it. indian the attraction the clintons had for each other. [laughter] i want -- [laughter] i'm quoting from the author, william chafe of who is one of the great historian of american liberalism. no comment about that. and of gender and racial equality in the history of this country. he's ph.d. from colombia, a dean
the trials and trouble haitians of president bill clinton. you're coming in and abc in the '90s, and bill clinton is president. yet the impeachment woes. did you have to deal with any of second term clinton problems? >> yeah, a good part of my first year at abc news was dealing with the clinton issues. the monica lewinsky story broke 10 months into my tenure in january of 1998. i was down in cuba. the pope was visiting cuba and we're all -- peter jennings, ted koppel, we have had well over 100 news people down there to cover the event. i got a call one night, cokie roberts and some of the other people from the desk in your thing we've got this investigation we've got going on that looks like it's going to break. there's this young intern who told her close friend that she had a relationship, inappropriate relationship with the president. i said that's ridiculous. that can't be right. we had no reasonably just telling the truth, that a friend is some truth so forget it. i went back into then and in about an hour they said we just confirmed janet reno, the attorney general, has officially e
bill clinton's democratic national convention speech in 2012 as the political speech of the year. anybody want to challenge me on that? >> i echo that. he galvanized that convention. he brought them to their feet. he galvanized the political party. they came out of there as a united party, and energize the party. >> and he has a huge approval rating. this was a man who was impeached. >> there is a second and third life in american politics, and bill clinton proves it. the two most popular political figures in the united states are bill clinton and hillary clinton. he made a better case for barack obama and joe biden and barack obama and joe biden had ever made. the other thing about bill clinton's speech is he had the ultimate line in it -- "this economy was so bad even i could not have fixed it." >> i think you pointed out in the opening of the show what was the worst political moment, which was the clink east would wasting 12 minutes of prime time when just before, you have had these truly heart rending stories -- heartwarming stories about the humanity of the republican challe
chelsea clinton, seen visiting the hospital. >>> comeback story. our friend and colleague at espn, hannah storm, back posting the rose parade after a terrifying accident at home. the grill explosion that left her with first and second degree burns. tonight, the lesson for all of us as she shares her story, right here. >>> and the reunion. the moment at the parade no one saw coming. not even the little boy, stunned by his new year's surprise. >>> good evening. diane is back here tomorrow night. and we begin tonight on this first evening of the new year, when so many americans make resolutions to change, but it appears not much has changed in washington. when that famous ball dropped at midnight, taxes went up for every american. this evening, after the vice president jumped in, a giant setback. so, let's get right to abc's chief white house correspondent jon karl tonight. it would seem like they're playing with fire now. taxes, at least, for this evening, have gone up and the stock market already seeing jitters leading up to the cliff. >> reporter: they are certainly worried about the mark
're going to turn now to secretary of state hillary clinton. doctors keeping a careful eye on mrs. clinton. we reported last night on their discovery, the blood clot right next to her brain. tonight, we know former president bill clinton and their daughter chelsea have been by her side and the first message from chelsea on twitter. here's abc's sharyn alfonsi now. >> reporter: chelsea clinton leaving the hospital, where her mother will spend a third night. later, optimistically tweeting, "thank you all for sending good thoughts my mom's way. grateful to all her doctors and that she'll make a full recovery!" but it's clearly a serious setback for the secretary. it's been three weeks since she was last seen in public, overseas where she picked up a bad stomach virus. days later, at her home, she fainted and got a concussion, grounding the normally globe-trotting secretary. clinton has traveled to 112 countries, logged nearly a million miles and spent the equivalent of an entire year of her life on a plane. recently telling barbara walters she was eager to step down as secretary of state. >>
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and trust. splenda makes the moment yours. >>> it's very good breaking news. hillary clinton, the second of state of the united states has now left the hospital. we have the video to show you. her husband, the former president of the united states was there, bill clinton, and chelsea clinton, there you see the pictures coming in. you see hillary clinton in the sunglasses with chelsea. they walk the odd and got into the van, and former president clinton with a big smile, and he will get into the armored vehicle as well. bill and hillary clinton, they are all going home. you see the secretary's long-time aide is getting into the van as well. the secretary has been in the hospital now for about four days, as you know. in recent weeks she has been ill, she suffered a major stomach flu and was dehydrated, fell, fainted, and as a result she had a concussion and all of a sudden over the weekend she is -- there she is walking out with the sunglasses on and her doctors following. the secretary had a concussion, and then in the past few days we learned she had a blood clot in her head between her
be the same again. as bill clinton and admiral mullen say at the back of my book on the dust jacket blurbs, the things that he did as a reformer will never be undone. and i'm not talking about whether they are bell bottoms or trousers or side burns, those things can be changed. but the way he reformed the social policies and made the navy response to the contemporary needs of society and what he did with respect to vis-a-vis the soviets during the period of the cold war and the strategic arms limitations and his role there. these are things that have left a mark in history, and an important one. and i try to deal with those in the book. what bud zumwalt did and what i was drawn to about his life is that he made the navy think about things that they ought to have been thinking about before he forced them to. and, indeed, he took on the charge and the charter of redoing the social contract of the navy. an institution that he loved. and he didn't want to destroy the navy, he didn't want to do anything except reform it and bring it into the 20th century so that young people would join the navy
scott fossil's biography is to encounter the life of a modern saint. and as bill clinton remarked in his eulogy at the funeral, sargent shriver really was that good. he was born in 1915. his parents were catholic social justice advocates, and his godfather was cardinal james gibbons of baltimore. he was educated at yale university and yale law school and immediately entered the navy where he received the purple heart for his service in the pacific theater. the awful immediacy of his war experiences made him a man who was dedicated to making every feasible effort to achieve peace. after he was discharged at the end of war, he worked as "newsweek" magazine, and in that job came into contact with joseph kennedy sr. who asked him to manage the merchandise mart in chicago. during those chicago years, he married the boss' daughter, eunice, in 1953 and chaired the chicago school board and the catholic interracial council as a supporter of desegregation of the city's schools. shriver's prominence in the commercial and social life of the state soon led to interest on the part of the political lea
to marry michelle obama. [applause] >> i am nominating former president bill clinton's democratic nional convenon speechn 2012 as the political speech of the year. anybody want to challenge me? >> i would echo that. he galvanized that convention, brought them to their feet, galvanized the political party. and they came out of there as a united party. >> he has a huge approval rating. >> second act if not third act in american life. bill clinton proves it. mad a better case for barack obama and joe biden and barack obama and joe biden had ever made. the other thing about bill clinton's speech is he had the ultimate line in it -- "this economy was so bad even i could not have fixed it." >> you pointed out in the opening of the show what was the worst political moment, which was the clint eastwood wasting 12 minutes of prime time when just before, you have had these truly heart rending stories -- artwarmi stoes aut te humaty of the republican challenger, and also a bio which was not shown. that was terrible. >> the reason why clinton's speech worked was because people know it was bill clint
hillary clinton is expected to make a full recovery after suffering a blood clot near her brain. so much for her critics on the far right who suggested she was faking being sick to avoid testifying about benghazi. >>> and let me finish with the reason it's hard to avoid a fiscal cliff. we begin with whether anyone really won in the fiscal cliff standoff. howard fineman is the director for "the huffington post" media group, steven walsh with "the wall street journal." let's look at who came out the winner on this fight. on the right there's some significant disagreement. here's what bill kristol wrote just before the house vote. quote, politically republicans are escaping with a better outcome than they might have expected. and president obama has gotten relatively little at his moment of greatest strength. then there's conservative commentator charles krauthammer. >> in the house who hate the bill and for good reason. i mean, this is a complete surrender on everything. >> so that's charles krauthammer. who won this thing? >> i agree with the basic premise it was a push all the way around
about ben gupta's story when i got a phone call just after his death from former president bill clinton. ben's father is an old friend of the clintons. >> what kind of a kid was he? >> a light shined out of him. that's all i can tell you. he grew up, he was big, strong, handsome, smart. and wanted to make something of his life. he was industrious, but he was normal. he liked to have a good time. he had -- i promise you that night, he had no idea that he was turning out the lights. none. and if it's true of him, it's got to be true of a lot of other people. >> he finds some solace from his son's death by funding programs that educate people about the dangers of misusing prescription drugs. and recently, he made a $1 million pledge to the clinton global initiative, to support the former president's new-found passion about this issue. >> he said, i have been very fortunate. and my son was worth $1 million. >> it's still hard to talk about. >> oh, it is, it is. >> do you think it ever won't be? >> no. i think about him all of the time. like in d.c. today, so i went walking on the gw campus.
will be forthcoming. >>> breaking news on secretary of state hillary clinton, good news. this is video shot just a short time ago of mrs. clinton leaving new york presbyterian hospital with her husband, former president bill clinton. secretary clinton had been hospitalized since sunday after doctors discovered a blood clot behind her right ear during a followup exam for a concussion she suffered when she fainted. now doctors have treated that blood clot with blood thinners. her spokesperson says clinton has been quite active on the phone today speaking with staff and reviewing paperwork. >>> exploding ammunition from a burning house had firefighters and bystanders ducking for cover this morning and a man trapped inside the burning home has died. the tragedy happened in the parkway village trailer park in maryland city just outside laurel and that's where scott broom has the details. >> reporter: when rescuers first got here this morning, they found neighbors trying to help, fire coming out of every window and door and the sound of gunfire going off. >> i was standing down there and i heard the
, hillary clinton and the best and worst political ideas of the year. but, first, earlier today, the revvie was awarded for best musical performance. the nominees were ♪ oh, thunder >> governor chris christie, everybody. ♪ for purple mountains majesty above the fruited plain ♪ ♪ i so in love with you >> and the revvie for best musical performance went to governor chris christie. congratulations, governor. the revvies will be right back. >>> welcome back to the second annual revvie awards. earlier, we awarded the revvie for best make up as in making it up as he went along and it went to congressman paul ryan. >> you did run marathons at some point? >> yeah, but i can't do it anymore because of my back. >> i've just got to ask, what's your personal best? >> under three, i think high twos. two hours and fifty something. >> holy smokes. >> that was when i was younger, yeah. >> this gets you out of that plateau. i keep my body fat between 6 and 8%. >> so you're just basically catching cat fish by hand. it's really exhilarating. it's actually quite fun. we try to get down there during noo
to be watching? >> she had a pretty large star, but hillary clinton is beginning to grow in stature. everyone republicans are admitting that they're pretty scared. nay actually elevated the clintons themselves. hillary is stepping down as secretary of state. she'll be doing lots of nonpolitical work over the next few yearings and her star will continue to wurn brighter and brighter. >> what do you think, jonathan? >> i think it will be a black spot on four tremendous years as secretary of state. i would give my rising star award to what i'm calling the obama coalition. all of the folks that we've been talking about who came together and decided that they wanted to give him four more years shs despite where the economy is, despite the right track, wrong trax. we're with him. >> but who out of that coalition? is there a person? >> i yield to the lady. >> to my left. >> yes. >> and we didn't coordinate. but, for me, it doesn't go to one particular person. it goes to latinos. it goes to the latino electorate which really flexed its political message. latinos are pushing red states into light red,
be taxed at 39.6 pnt. the top tax rate under president clinton. and capital gains taxes above those amounts would be increased to 20%, that is up from 15%. this tax deal would also create a perm naanent fix for the alternative minimum tax and extend unemployment insurance for 2 million americans. the president made it clear what his top priority is in any deal. >> preventing that tax hike has been my top priority. because the last thing folks like the folks up here on the stage can afford right now is to pay an extra $2,000 in taxes next year. middle class families can't afford it. businesses can't afford it. our economy can't afford it. >> just an hour later, senate minority leader mitch mcconnell signalled his agreement with the president. >> so i agree, let's pass the tax relief portion now. let's take what's been agreed to and get moving. we all want to protect tax pairs and we can get it done now. >> however, despite what sounds like good news, there will be no vote in the house tonight even in the house reaches a deal. in fact, the senate has adjourned until tomorrow. >> joining me no
. >> i'm going go with bill clinton. >> for one speech at a convention? >> it was more than one speech. it was 20 years in the making the story of that speech was for the first 15 years they treated bill clinton like he was the worst thing that ever happened in american politics, villain in chief and even after he left the white house he was afraid of the clinton restoration and 2008 when obama had the clintons when the republicans decided, wait a minute, no, bill clin clin to is this bygone symbol in america of cooperation and good government and moderation and sang his praises for four years. set him up as the good democrat against obama's bad democrat. what happened, the good democrat stole the show, vouches for the bad democrat and disarmed an awful lot of. ares are saying about president obama. >> chris hayes, the mvp of the campaign? >> the mvp of the obama campaign was rick per prip it was rick perry's entrance to the race that pushed mitt romney to take the tackically wise but strategically stupid step of going full out elegant. >> tackically wise for that moment. >> for that m
national convention, former president bill clinton brought the house down. this was one of the greatest speeches ever, i think. let's listen to big bill at his best. >> are we better off than we were when he took office? listen to this. when president barack obama took office, the economy was in free fall, it had just shrunk to 9% gdp. we were losing 750,000 jobs are month. are we doing better than that today? the answer is yes. >> the whole dynamism. >> earlier this year, i wrote oh, who needs conventions. what are they for, anyway? they're for moments like that. i was on the floor for that moment. and it was one of the most memorable things i've seen live in a hall or anywhere. that was bill clinton at the summation of his career. that was everything he had learned about showmanship, about telling a story. and about how to make a case for the president. he made it so sitly, so clearly, so logically. you wonder why barack obama couldn't do it. and that's probably because the kind of case he had to make, somebody other than the president had to make. if the president himself says, you k
knows. we're also watching a very serious health scare for the secretary of state, hillary clinton. she's now hospitalized with a blood clot. doctors are revealing where it is. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. >>> we'll get to the fiscal cliff negotiations. there's movement right now, but first, startling new information we're learning about the blood clot that landed secretary of state hillary clinton in the hospital this new year's eve. her doctor is now revealing it's located in her head between her brain and her skull. let's go straight to our chief medical correspondent, dr. sanjay gupta for the latest. they issued a pretty detailed statement, sanjay. walk us through what we know about the secretary's condition. >> well, what they have told us, just over the last couple hours, wolf, is that there is a blood clot that is specifically located in one of the veins that drains blood away from the brain. it's called the cerebral vein or cerebral sinus in this case. this is something that's a pretty rare event. it's very uncommon. it can be associa
that they should take personal responsibility. >> a very valuable comment. >> i am going to go with bill clinton. >> one speech? >> it was 20 years in the making, the story of the speech, for the first 15 years, republicans treated bill clinton that he was the worst thing that ever happened to american politics. the villain in chief, and after he left the white house, there was the moment in 2008, when republicans decided wait a minute, no, bill clinton is this by-gone symbol of an era, in moderation, they sang his praises for four years, set him up as the good democrat, against obama's bad democrat, and what happens, the good democrat vouches for the bad democrat and disarmed what a lot of republicans were saying about barack obama. >> you have made a reasonable argument. >> i think the enviable one was rick perry, who made the step of going full anti-out immigrant zealotry. >> it totally destroyed rick, he dispatched rick perry on the attack of the hundred thousand subsidy, which allowed the undocumented students to go to the university and pay in-state tuition. romney destroyed him. but in th
the number of investigations especially of the clinton administration. what do you see as your legacy of that tenure? >> i think bill clinton, president clinton and secretary as secretary -- hilary as secretary of state do not like me very much. i was chair of the government oversight committee during the time we were investigating whitewater and we were investigating campaign contributions that came from sources outside the united states and from various people. there was an awful lot to that. we had people testifying like ohnny chonung, they had contributed money to gain favor with the white house. and they came into the kitchen at hong kong and said we wonder -- we like your president and we want to contribute to his campaign. the man who said that was the equivalent of the cia. these were people who were under oath and swore to this and we also had over 100 people take the fifth amendment or flee the country. there was a lot there. that is not to say that president clinton did not do some good things. he worked with newt gingrich and we got out from under some difficult financial
. he talked with c-span about his past investigations of the clinton investigation and the oversight role of congress. this is 30 minutes. >> how would you say the state is? >> it has changed a great deal. it is not the same as when i came 1983. there seemed to be more comedy. tip o'neill was speaker. i will never forget he was the first time he was on the floor raising cane with democrats. and he came down and started giving me the dickens. after that we became very good friends and played golf together. bob michael was a wonderful leader. there was a spirit of camaraderie even though we had differences politically then that we do not have now. now it is much more combative. i have a lot of friends on the democratic side of the aisle, very good friends. as far as working things out is not as easy as it used to be. >> what are some of the root causes? >> i think and i am not pointing fingers, when we went after jim wright, newt was the speaker and jim was forced out of office. they went after newt. the combat became very personal. that is one of the things that started this movement.
bit of windows during the clinton book, and what people saw was, because he said, it is in clinton's convention acceptance, a man from hope. from hope arkansas this little town in arkansas. the simplicity of the world life and, in fact, he was from hot springs, a completely different place, much more cosmopolitan and complex, and with a darker side to. the obama store, what people don't know is -- the real story of barack obama, sr. and his father takes place somewhere else, down in kendu bay, and that's where the african section of this book will start. >> final question. you want to introduce our viewers to -- [inaudible] >> leo, you could not make up. he belonged to some kind of african john rawl novel. he is 73 years old. he walks around with this menacing sort of club. he's got a deep rolling voice and laugh, and he seems to know everybody in africa. from the former president of tanzania to idi amin, the dictator of uganda back in the '70s and '80s, to everybody in kenya. and he traveled with us. we met him yesterday, had three or four hours of fascinating discussion, and then
. george h.w. burks 137. bill clinton, 167. george w. bush, 173. and then president obama through november 5 2012, i guess the day of the election, had 311 -- 3 10789 why such a jump between president carter and president obama? is it just the cost of running these campaigns? is it television ads? writes all this money going if guest: it's a very good question. if you want to understand what presidents do, you have to think about what the rules of the system are that incentivize their action. so the rise in fundraising is really a story about the consequence of campaign reform. if you want to empty your let to a presidential candidate, you could give them $25,000. over the last few decades, campaign costs have exploded. the rational is that -- rationale is that we want to have small amount offense money to limit corruption or the appearance of corruption. so the idea is if i can only get a certain amount of money from you, and every person i know, i'm not going to be behold on every certain but with rising president costs, the president is spending more time raising more and more money. th
calls for secretary of state hillary clinton to testify as soon as possible on the deadly attacks in benghazi that killed four americans. senator lindsey graham demanding had he appear before congress ahead of john kerry confirmation. take a listen to the interviews on fox "fox news sunday." >> senator graham, how important is it for secretary of state hillary clinton to testify under oath before she leaves office about the benghazi terror attack? and what do you think we still need to know? >> absolutely essential that she testify. i want to know from the secretary of state's point of view, were you informed of the security situation, were all these cables coming out of benghazi, ever get to your level. if they didn't, that's a problem. if they did, why didn't you act differently. >> some republican colleagues are prepared to hold off confirm nation of john kerry as secretary of state until secretary of state clinton testifies as secretary. >> that's going to happen i've been told by senator kerry, he wants that approach. he needs to hear what she says so we can comment. it makes
through bill clinton and others like him trying to change it, made the party more acceptable to the american people. republicans have not gotten there yet. it was a party as we saw in the election, a declining -- white share of the vote is the declining share of the electorate. their share is going up, but not enough to compensate. >> right. >> right now the sort of primal scream you hear for spending cuts isn't consummate with the american people. president obama just ran on a program of resisting some of the fundamental ways in which the republicans wanted to change medicare and raise taxes on people over $250,000. he won the election and people from the very red districts elected in the house simply have not adapted to that reality. >> let me go to jonathan chait and the primal scream and the election president obama won, but you wouldn't know this in washington. doesn't it feel sometimes like one side experienced maybe a different election? >> they did. for the house republicans, they don't have to worry about public opinion. the house republicans got fewer votes than hou
, is that inheritable by somebody else, by a classic politician? can hillary clinton still get those voters? will people think that she is outside politics, outside of washington the way that people think of barack obama, which is a wholly new thing. that is sui generis. >> i don't see it like that especially because the man himself is an island unto himself in washington, d.c. >> yes. >> he is not a democratic party boss like tip o'neill. he's not even really connected with the chicago political machine. >> and curiously, people like that. >> he is his own man. that's a great thing unless you are the democrats that want this to be passed along four years from now. >> but is there, in your view, a philosophical way of being that is inheritable, to use rick's word? is this pragmatic problem-solving approach that clinton began and obama has clearly taken through this four years, five years so far, is the next republican victor going to have to be someone who is less ideological than, say, 30 years ago? >> well, i take exception with the suggestion that barack obama has been pragmatic. he passed a lot of t
? >> back in the clinton years, we were able to actually balance the budget, we treated the longest period of uninterrupted growth. -- created the longest period of uninterrupted growth. and we were paying down the debt. in recent times, i've been part of a nonpartisan commission to resolve these debt issues. there we had 11 of the 18 members agree on a plan to the country back on track. i still believe that is probably the best blueprint for going forward. i was also part of the group of six that became the group of eight, evenly divided the dream republicans and democrats. -- that between republicans and democrats. >> lots to go back with. let me start with the 1990's. how much of that success was the bursting economy with the tech bubble that was happening that brought more money into the coffers? >> all of these things are connected. that is my belief. governmental policy, what happens in the private sector. because we were showing that we could get results, the government could make decisions, that gave additional confidence to the private sector. there was additional certainty, becau
relief. so now to the latest on secretary of state hillary clinton's close call. doctors are saying the blood clot could have been fatal, it could have caused a stroke or it could have led to seizures or epilepsy. she's being treated with blood thinners now and should make a full recovery. former president bill clinton and daughter chelsea both seen visiting her at the hospital yesterday. the clot was found in the vein between the brain and the skull. chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta shows us exactly where. >> we know in secretary clinton's case, it is actually on the right side of the head somewhere in this area. it's called the right transverse sinus. i'll show you the left side for sake of demonstration here. if i reach move the hemisphere of thebrain, you can actually see where the veins are. you see the blue area right in there, that is the area that is draining blood away from the brain and one of these brains in this area, that's where that clot actually has occurred. >> three weeks after cancer surgery, hugo chavez's health said to be in a, quote, delicate state.
the government, bush increase the government, clinton increased the government, obama increased the government. we have more -- host: what you think will happen in the house? caller: they need to not go on holiday. they need to take the measure. and when can at the american public participate in this process? we cannot. they give us one day to read the bill. there is no way that our people can participate in the process. we want to talk about increases in revenue. i understand that, but you have to have some kind of comeback and i do not been there needs to be some increase in spending. our defense spending is outrageous. our foreign aid to countries is outrageous. we prop up dictators. we are allies with al qaeda what we want to beat the soviet union, but then enemies with them when we want to be in afghanistan. it does have to do with entitlements, but also big government is working with big corporations prepare until the republicans want to get over the industrial military complex and democrats want to -- host: if you are interested in following along on this debate, there are several links
enacted under president clinton. now we all voted, at least all the democrats here, that were here then voted for the clinton tax bill in 1993. we heard all kinds of talk from the other side of the aisle how this is going to be disastrous, it was going to kill the economy. it was just going to be awful. and not one republican supported it. but we passed it. president clinton signed it into law, and guess what happened? the economy took off. unemployment came down. the economy started going. and we were paying down the deficit. we had three straight years or four of surpluses. c.b.o. said if we continued on that way, we would pay off the national debt by 2010. well, then george bush came into office, they looked at all the surpluses out there and said guess what? we've got to take some of that and give it back in tax cuts, and that's what they did. now that's what's ending tonight. that's what ends tonight, are those bush tax cuts. so we go back to the tax system that we had under bill clinton. i ask, what's so bad about that? it worked pretty darned well. the economy was going well
, on the tax side, we go back to the taxes that were enacted under president clinton the bank we all voted -- at least all the democrats that were here then voted for the clinton tax bill in 1993. and we heard all kinds of talk from the other side of the aisle about how this is going to be a disaster, going to kill the economy, just going to be awful. and not one republican supported it. but we passed it. president clinton signed it into law, and guess what? the economy took off. unemployment came down. we were paying down the deficit. we had three or four straight years of surpluses. cbo said we would pay off the national debt by 2010 if we kept on that way. well, then george bush came into office, and he looked all the surpluses, and he said, i guess what? we need to take that and give it back to the tax shelters. and that is what they did. that is what is ending tonight. all those tax cuts. then we go back to the tax system that we had under bill clinton. i asked -- what is so bad about that? it worked pretty darn well. the economy was going well. we were paying down the deficit. things
clinton. every too many a liberal opens his mouth and says something stupid about guns, i sell a gazillion of them." need further proof? one iowa reporter went inside a des moines gun shop. >> the most popular is the a.r.-15, one of the weapons used in the sandy hook shooting. >> two days before christmas i maybe have 30 of these. and i had ten in my safes. and now i have zero. >> i'm joined by los angeles mayor antonio villaraigosa. welcome to the show, mr. mayor. >> michael, thank you for having me on. happy holidays to you. >> the same to you, my friend. does the uptick in gun sales surprise you in any way? >> no. i think we've seen this happen before. you've heard one of the people interviewed saying that it happened in the 1990s, when bill clinton was talking about and trying to do something about gun violence and responsible gun laws. you see it happening again after sandy hook. after the two firefighters who were assassinated just the other day and two police officers who were killed on christmas eve. the fact of the matter is these people buy these guns because they can, because it
will be reached, less than 48 hours before tax rates revert to their clinton dasher are levels and board across the board spending cuts talk effect. when the president took to the podium friday afternoon to urge the law enforcements to get their act together with he didn't exactly project confidence. >> this is deja vu all over again. america wonders why it is that in this town for some reason, you can't get stuff done in an organized timetable. why everything always has to wait until the last minute. we're now at the last minute. and the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. >> this may be why the president also said that if senate leaders can't produce a deal he'll demand a straight up or down vote by the senate on his proposal from a week ago to extend the current rates on income below $250,000 along with unemployment insurance benefits. >> if members of the house or the senate want to vote "no" they can. but we should let everybody vote. that's the way this is supposed to work. if you can get a majority in the house and you
is hard to measure. bill clinton signed in my nutrition bill for school breakfasts, to bring breakfasts to elementary schools, all kids, not just poor children. it was a study to prove that -- to prove something we know absolutely but it had to get proven scientifically. children who come to school with a full stomach or fed at school do way better in their studies and in their attendance and in their attitude and we proved it without a doubt. after three years, it because great study and it is there on the shelf but we can't afford to do anything about it. we're not going to see every elementary student -- kids eat at home but they eat pop tarts, elementary children. my kids eat breakfast. but we have to feed our children so they can think. >> 20 years ago when you first came to congress, you became known as the former welfare recipient who is now a member of congress. first of all, tell us, remind us why you were on welfare for a while. what do you think of that? >> well, i was on welfare because when my children were 1, 3, 5 years old, their father was diagnosed manic depressant and
and lower middle class people. so, if everybody says let's go back to the clinton tax rates, that is the clinton tax rates. also, on more spending, the iraq war, we pulled the people out. on c-span about two months ago i turned it on a senate armed services committee. one not seen anybody report this. the state department sent in private contractors at a cost greater than if we would've had our troops in there. it is a fact right now, the figures don't lie, but liars figure. host: thanks for the call. guest: the president's proposal to roll back the bush tax rates for upper-income americans would raise probably about $100 billion a year. that includes higher tax rates on income earned over $250,000, higher estate taxes, and more. it's not going to solve our deficit problem, but it will have an impact. the question is, is that enough, too much, too little, when you combine it with spending cuts, to reduce the deficit to more stable level over the years? host: what we have seen in these negotiations between the principals, how does that portend in terms of what we will see in
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